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Puerto Rico has aid, no way to distribute it

Puerto Rico has aid, no way to distribute it

When tragedy struck last month in Mexico City and Puerto Rico, Capitol Hill's salsa community came together at Century Ballroom to help those in need.

According to the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, the island's factories make 13 of the world's top-selling brand-name drugs.

The Port Authority team's deployment to Puerto Rico is part of the agency's efforts to assist those in need in Puerto Rico, an effort that also includes a donation drive for non-perishable goods, coordination of business donations to local charities and efforts to provide medical supplies and personnel to the island. On Friday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement and an update on the critical situation facing the island.

For Menendez, the memory was very fresh in his mind, since he had just led a fact-finding mission to Puerto Rico to survey hurricane damage and to assess what the federal response had been. AT&T mobile cell towers are being delivered to Puerto Rico in an effort to regain connectivity.

President Donald Trump, who visited the island last week, has been insistent that his administration's response has been more than adequate, tweeting Sunday, "Nobody could have done what I've done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation".

"If we are indeed getting. several hundred thousand liters of water and several hundred thousand portions of food to the municipalities, yet some people in those municipalities are claiming that they're not seeing anything be delivered or they don't know where to find food, then it's important that we investigate why this is happening", he said. That's less than half of the island's 3.4 million residents.

Blumenthal took the trip with four other senators.

Next weekend the organizations will also be taking non perishable donations like water, batteries, and flashlights to send to those in Puerto Rico.

"There has been great collaboration with the [Department of Defense], with the federal government, with the state governments", Rossello said on MSNBC Monday.

The distribution of supplies including food, water and fuel has been a major challenge for the struggling government after Maria wiped out its power grid, flooded roads and crippled the communications system. "[Puerto Rico's Medicaid program] is headed toward a collapse", Edwin Park, vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told the publication.

It's important to underscore that the United States is deploying help to Puerto Rico. And earlier this year, USA lawmakers appropriated an additional $300 million for the island, according to the report. "But the local support disappears eventually, and that's when they need the extra support".


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